Most of the day yesterday I had it in my head that I wanted to do speedwork on the treadmill when I got home.
On Tuesday my running coach had told me to take the day off since I had complained of some knee tenderness the day before. I ran anyway (well I did a run/walk to take it easy on the knee) because the weather was so nice out and I really wanted to be outdoors.
When I got home yesterday I logged into my account and saw that since I ran yesterday, my coach wanted me to take today off running.
Since I started doing speedwork it’s become a day that I (mostly) look forward to. I really love pushing myself, seeing progress and feeling like I gave it my all at the end. With my other mid-week runs that’s not always the case, although it is usually the case after a long run.
I have to be honest and say that after running the Fort Lauderdale half in November until just a couple of weeks ago most of my runs were uninspired. I got them done but I didn’t really feel the spark.
I even wondered some days if I only loved the idea of being a runner, but didn’t actually love running. Maybe I was crazy when I thought I did love it…
But doing speedwork and long runs has brought the spark back into my life. I think I was just getting bored with the 3 to 6 mile easy-paced runs I was doing while recovering.
I am really so happy to be building up mileage again and I am really looking forward to going even further during marathon training later this year. I enjoy speedwork a lot but the long run is my favorite run.
Do you ever ‘lose the spark’ when it comes to running? How do YOU get it back?